Cork and Kilkenny played out an enthralling encounter at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday evening.
John Meyler’s side overcame the visitors on a scoreline of 1-24 to 0-24 in the newly developed stadium which was a fitting performance for the Rebels’ first appearance at the famous theatre. It is the first time Cork have beaten the Cats in the National League since 2012 and the 16,000 strong crowd were treated to an awesome match in the process.
Cork’s young guns including Darragh Fitzgibbon and Shane Kingston – who scored the all important goal – again showed that they are more than capable of mixing it at senior level, while Tim O’Mahony of Newtownshandrum thoroughly impressed at centre-back for the Leesiders.
Kilkenny contributed to a cracking matchup with Alan Murphy up front doing damage as well as captain Cillian Buckley showing typical prowess before unfortunately having to be stretchered off in the second-half.
Both goalkeepers, Patrick Collins and Eoin Murphy, deserve honourable mentions for pulling off miraculous saves when called upon.
All in all, it was just great to have top-level inter-county hurling back.
Nobody was as pleased to take in the atmosphere and marvel at the skill, passion and determination on show at the Cork city venue as Kilkenny legend Tommy Walsh. The former wing-back was on commentary duty for eirSport for the clash and provided endless entertainment with the passion in his delivery.
When play was stopped as a result of Buckley’s injury in the second-half, Walsh took a moment to pay a glowing tribute to both sets of players for their efforts and the spectacle they had put on for all those in attendance and watching on television.
Check out the passion in his voice in the clip below:
— eir Sport (@eirSport) January 27, 2018